envy Definition

  • 1a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck
  • 2desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else)

Using envy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "envy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She couldn't help but feel envy towards her friend's new car.

  • Example

    His success was the cause of much envy among his colleagues.

  • Example

    I envy your ability to speak multiple languages.

  • Example

    She envied her sister's beauty.

envy Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using envy

  • to openly express one's jealousy or desire for something


    She made no secret of her envy when her friend got a promotion instead of her.

  • to feel intense jealousy or envy


    She ate her heart out with envy when she saw her classmates going on a trip to Europe.

  • to be something that someone else desires and is envious of


    Her successful career was the envy of all her friends.

Phrases with envy

  • extremely jealous


    When she saw her ex-boyfriend with his new girlfriend, she was green with envy.

  • something that is desired by others and causes them to feel envious


    Her luxurious lifestyle made her an object of envy among her peers.

  • an object or person that is so beautiful or perfect that it arouses envy even among the gods


    The Taj Mahal is often called the envy of the gods for its stunning beauty.

Origins of envy

from Latin 'invidia', meaning 'envy, jealousy'


Summary: envy in Brief

The term 'envy' [หˆษ›nvi] refers to a feeling of discontent or resentment towards someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. It can also mean a desire to have something belonging to someone else. Examples include 'She envied her sister's beauty' and 'His success was the cause of much envy among his colleagues.' Idioms like 'green with envy' and 'to eat one's heart out with envy' describe intense jealousy, while 'to be the envy of someone' denotes something that others desire.

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